Monday, June 22, 2015

Week 24 Happy 19th Birthday 

Wow, I can not even explain this week. It went by so fast and it was just so weird, crazy, amazing, and awesome. I tried rat and armadillo this week! It was actually really good. But, how weird is that? You should all try it sometime, it’s actually pretty good. I have a picture below of it. I actually took a lot of pictures this week. 

I am assuming that is armadillo.
I want to thank everyone that wrote me to wish me a happy birthday, which is tomorrow! I am turning 19 tomorrow. Woohoo!!! But really it was nice to see all the pictures sent to me from my immediate family, my extended family and my Ward family with signs saying Happy Birthday. This really made my birthday special. I may not be getting presents, but let me tell you that was the best gift I have ever received my for birthday. THANK YOU!

This week is cambios (transfers). And I do not know if I am leaving or staying, or if I’m getting a new companion or staying with the one I have. So, wish me lots of luck! 

Oh, by the way. Our zone leader (see photo below) who is going home this week, told us that each companionship had to get 3 new fechas by the end of last week. We thought it was impossible to do that in only 4 days. But, they do not call it FE-chas for nothing (Dad note: fechas mean date, but fe means faith). So, we had faith and then worked really hard and we did it. We have 3 fecha bautismals and 1 family. See, when you sacrifice yourself for just a little bit, the big blessings come. So, that was a miracle this past week.

A funny thing happened this past week, I got a pedicure from an investigator. Man, did my feet feel good. And it was only 100 lempiras (about 5 dollars). Man, if you have never had a pedicure, you need to get one! 

(Mom note: This makes me happy. Alec has had such a problem with his fee since he's been on a mission. 7 ingrown toenails which required nasty procedures. So, to have his feet pampered for a little bit must have been nice. A sorta birthday present to himself.)

I have a picture of one of my favorite member families below. Familia Navarro. They are awesome. So, funny. 

But I want to say that this week was awesome and I having so much fun doing the Lords work. It is hard sometimes and I know my Spanish is still coming along, but I know with our Heavenly Father we can do all things. I had lasañga this week, I finally got along with my companion, we are performing miracles, it just can´t get better than that. Love you all. And keep on writing and keep on praying. YOU ARE ALL THE BEST!!!

Sacrificio esta temporal, pero gloria es eternal.


Elder Jensen

Mom Note: All Alec every asks for is pictures from home. So for his birthday we decided to just that. 

Grandma and Grandpa Hibler
Jesse, Mary, Max, Carter, and Spencer
Darin, Trish, Stefanie, Annika, and Vivian
Travis, Szilvia, Allison, Ryan, Greta and animals

The Priests: Scott, Sterling and Sam
Deacons an Teachers: Ben, Sam, Garron, Seth, Ethan, Dylan, Mathias, Canyon
Jared, Lia, Millie Hatch
Cameron, Shannon, Weston, Holden, and Declan Rosenhan
Randy and Lindsay Hahn
Derek Rossi and Danny Auble
Bishop Cheney and Steve Hatch
Brad Russell, Glen Scoville, and Tony Farmer
Ken and Janelle Black
Gary Girardelli and Rich Palmer
Don de Rosa

Monday, June 15, 2015

Week 23 Farwell to Presidente Fortuna

Sorry for writing so, late, we had entrevista with President Fortuna this morning. And after, that we had a lot of things to do today. We went to the Mayoreo, which is where you buy your clothes, shoes, pants, etc. So, I did not have time to write until now.

This week was really busy. It rained every single day this week. So, some of the days I came home soaking wet from walking in the rain all day. Which really sucked. I remember coming home one particular day and my feet were totally blue because the ink in my soak soaked into the bottom of my feet. Man, it looked like I had a disease on my foot.  

This week we have been praying a lot and hoping to have 2 baptisms this Saturday, so we can go on a special activity President set up. If we have 2 confirmation by the thrid week of this month, we get to go visit the Air Force Base here in Honduras. So, we are hoping we get to go to that before our current President is released. Yah, we are getting a new President next week. President Fortuna is leaving and President Ferman is coming in. So, that is kinda cool. But, I will miss President Fortuna, he is a great man.

Today I bought a playera which is jersey here in Honduras and 7 ties for only 7 bucks. It was 175 lempiras, which is equivalent to about $7 or $8 here. They are awesome ties too. (mom note: Alec has been in Honduras long enough now to think these ties are awesome. 6 months ago he would have never said that. Love his humble taste in clothes now. Never that he was really extravagant before though.)

I just wanted to let you all know I am doing well. I am not perfect, but I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all things are possible. It is hard, but I know that the Atonement is for everyone and the the Grace of God is real. People just have to have the will, determination, and faith to do it. And I testify of that!. I am so glad that Elder Badger, Elder Knuth, and Elder Girardelli are serving missions. They are going great things for the Lord. And I pray everyday for them. And for keep at it! You keep doing what you are doing and I can promise you, you will come back. Remember; SACRIFICE IS ONLY TEMPORARY, BUT GLORY IS ETERNAL! Love you all and don't forget to write me and keep me in your prayers. Thanks for everything. I promise to have more pictures next week!

Sacrificio esta temporal, pero gloria es eterno!


Elder Jensen

Monday, June 8, 2015

Week 22 Encontrar y Enseñar (To Find and To Teach)

Week 22 guys!  I do not know where time goes these days. This week flew by so fast. This week we met and taught 27 new investigators. We did not have a baptism, but with these new investigators, I can feel that so many of them are ready and will soon be baptized. I am so happy I am on a mission. I feel like a G!!! ( mom note: I have NO idea what this means) It is so awesome to see people here progress and then see how happy they are when they accept the gospel get baptized. I am so glad I am here doing the Lord's work. This is the OBRA DEL SEÑOR!!! (The Lord's Work)

Well, just yesterday I fell in a hole and I broke a sofa. With the hole, I was walking down the street and put my foot in the wrong place and fell in. I felt so stupid because I was in the city. Also, we entered into a members house and I sat down on the sofa and BOOM it broke. Glass just fell down from the table next to it and I fell through the sofa. I felt so terrrible, but she told me not to worry. It was going to break sometime soon anyway. So, yesterday was I guess you could say a weird day. I have a picture below. 

I am starting to remember how my mom makes food and trying to make it the best I can here for me and my companion. I just love pasta and spaghetti here. The way I make it so so good. I have a picture too. Also I made toast with cinnamon.

Oh,  I forgot to tell you how we get warm water. I have a picture below that will probably explain how.

I turn 19 in 15 days guys! Wow, I can't believe I am going to be 19 years old and have been on mission for 6 months. Time flies!

I just want to let you guys know that I am doing awesome down here and this is the Lord's work, I know it. The Lord has given me so much, a family, friends, the gospel, a house etc. And this is my time to repay him by bringing back his children to him. I am glad I am missionary. It may be hard at times to follow all the rules, but I know that through The Atonement anything is possible. Thanks everyone for your support. You guys rock. Keep praying and keep on writing! Love you all and have an awesome week!

Sacrificio esta temporal, pero gloria es eterno!


Elder Jensen

(Dad note: This is an electrical resistance wire for heating water, I used the same device on my mission 27 years ago in Mexico.  Technology isn't moving fast in central america I see.  Not exactly safe but so nice to have hot water!)

(Mom note: Typical Alec meal. Carbs with a side of sugar.)

Monday, June 1, 2015

Week 21 First White Gringo

This week was crazy. I am officially the first white gringo in Las Villas in history! And it is awesome. The people here are just awesome! I love it. I am doing a lot better and just love to help and serve the people of Honduras. It is hot and some days I am really tired and do not want to work, but once I get working, I do not really care how hot or how tired I am. All I care about is helping the people here come unto Christ. 

Right now we have an investigator, Heidy, who is stuggling. We have been trying to set a date for her on the 20th of June to get baptized. But, she keeps pushing it off. She has a problem with her husband about how when he comes to church, none of the members introduce themselves to him. So, he is mad with us, the members, and with Heidy. It really is too complicated to explain. But, the point is she is struggling. On Sunday I bore my testimony to her and I was prompted to tell her that she is ready for 20th of June to get baptized. I felt the spirit so strong and she finally accepted. She wants me to baptize her too! I told her that being baptized will bless her and will help her in times of need. So, I am so relieved, happy and excited. What a miracle!

I got to go to the temple again this week and man it was awesome. It was for an actividad (activity) for the church and for our mission. The objective was to bring as many investigators to go the temple, so they could feel the spirit that is there. So, I went yesterday. It was spectacular! Saw a bunch of old friends there too. I have some picutres below! 

This week was fast and Las Villas and my companion are helping me learn and grow.  Just want to let you guys know I am doing awesome! Thanks for all your support. Love you guys, keep praying and keepi writing! 

Sacrificio esta temporal, pero gloria es eterno!


Elder Jensen